Future Events:

LUNCH Provided (starting at Noon)
LOCATION: DFP Classroom, Forestry Building, Rm 2300 (2nd Floor, Forestry building, 2424 Main Mall)
DIRECTIONS: Once you are inside the Forestry Science building walk to the rear (south-east) of the building by passing through the large open study area and up the stairs to the 2nd level student (“treetop”) lounge area. For room 2300A, the MAGIC Lab, turn left, pass through a double door and the lab is 1st on the right.

Wednesday, November 14

Title: Loss is More

Speaker: Blair Satterfield, Professor, SALA, UBC

Abstract: It is no longer sufficient for fabrication methods to simply address predetermined formal and financial logics. The responsive open city must be a place where the relationship between design production and fabrication is as fluid as the abstract manipulation of form and space. We are driven to generate sophisticated yet widely accessible tool sets and strategies for open and efficient making using low-impact materials and techniques. Our work is bottom-up, strategic, and collaborative. We work to widen the territory of agency. We are as interested in crafting an approach as we are in crafting work itself.  

Bio: Blair Satterfield is a co-founding principal with Marc Swackhamer of the research design collaborative HouMinn Practice. HouMinn’s work has been featured in many publications, including Dwell and Fast Company, and has garnered prestigious awards such as the ACSA National Design Award, 2014  & 2008 R&D Award from Architect magazine, 2014 Core77 Design Award for Environments, and the Best in Environments award from ID Magazine. In addition to HouMinn, Satterfield has worked for Yung Ho Chang (now Atelier Feichang Jianzhu), Michael Bell Architecture (now Visible Weather), Oliver + Ray Architects, and Bricker + Cannady Architects, where he served as Director of Design for several years. His work with BCA and later Page won multiple AIA awards and national SARA design awards for architecture and urban design. Satterfield is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in Vancouver Canada, where he teaches design studios and coordinates design media courses. He is also the director of the HiLo Lab; a UBC SALA based collaborative research initiative that reckons with three interrelated ideas – the use of second stream materials in construction, providing designers and the broader community with greater access to digital design and fabrication processes, and the design and application of energy and material efficient methods for construction. Satterfield will become Chair of the School of Architecture at UBC in January 2019. Prior to joining the faculty at UBC SALA, Satterfield taught at Rice University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Houston, where he helped direct the development of products for the University of Houston Green Building Components initiative.


Wednesday, November 21

Title: From manufacturing simulation to surgical simulation to VR cognitive care

Speaker: Dr. Robert DiRaddo & Dr. Jordan Hovdebo


The presentation is essentially an overview of our group’s journey in simulation R&D, highlighting the importance of being multidisciplinary, agile and working with collaborators.  We start with an overview of current work in digital health, then describe our 3-phase model for undertaking R&D, from low to high TRL, including our approach to engage a group of early adopters in an iterative software development process.  We show how we transitioned from manufacturing simulation to surgical simulation to VR cognitive care.  Following this, we will highlight some recent technical advancements in the fields of remote care and VR cognitive care.  This will include a description of our work to develop intelligent interaction interfaces for remote patient management systems and the creation of an in-game avatar coach to identify and help users in VR manage the effects of cybersickness.


Robert DiRaddo is Section Head of Simulation and Digital Health in the NRC’s Medical Devices Research Centre. He leads a staff of 30 employees working out of the Montreal and Winnipeg sites.  Robert is a graduate of McGill University Engineering, with a PhD in polymer manufacturing. Prior to joining NRC, he worked in the private sector in the petrochemical industry. While at NRC, Robert has led teams working in polymer forming, manufacturing simulation, medical simulation and digital health. He has received numerous awards during his career, including the Government Of Canada Award for Excellence in Innovation for implementing a pan-Canadian research program in neurosurgical simulation. Robert currently holds an adjunct professor status at UBC and has also held adjunct professor status at McGill and University of Massachusetts

Dr. Jordan Hovdebo brings over 20 years of analysis and software development experience in both academic and industry-facing research and development. After obtaining his PhD at the University of Waterloo and Perimeter Institute applying analytical and numerical methods at the forefront of theoretical physics, Jordan undertook post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Manitoba and the National Research Council (NRC) focusing on supervised learning methods for magnetic resonance-derived biomarkers. Since joining the NRC in 2006, Jordan has gained extensive biomedical engineering experience developing market-ready software aligned with user needs in data-rich fields, winning both a Government of Canada Award for Innovation and an NRC award for bringing technologies to market. Jordan is currently responsible for building a team with experience in classical machine and deep learning in a biomedical context that is focused on the application of these skills in key research areas of the section, including decision support and autonomous agents.

Wednesday, November 28

Title: TBC

Speaker: Anind Dey, Dean of  iSchool, University of Washington

Abstract: TBC

Bio: TBC

Wednesday, December 12

Title: TBC

Speaker: Tony Hodgson, Professor, Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Abstract: TBC

Bio: TBC